October 10 – 31 2017
Re-make / Re-model :
new & unfinished textiles
Tuesday October 10th 6.30 – 8.30pm
Thursday October 12th 6.30 – 8.30pm
Sunday October 15th 12.00 – 3.00pm
Every Wednesday 12.00 – 6.00pm
Viewing by appointment at other times.
For further information contact Jonathan Ross: Phone 07747 807576
Re-Make / Re-Model: New and Unfinished Textiles presents a range of recent visual work and work-in-progress concerned with a return to producing exuberant textile and surface designs. The work occasionally re-visits, rearranges and re-mixes earlier work – re-purposing the work for new audiences and users. The sensual aspects of drawing, painting, colour and collage remain central to the work and current work is produced through a combination of both analogue and digital technologies – with an improvisational approach to both – and valuing spontaneity and intuition throughout.
Recent work as a Curatorial Assistant on the two versions of the exhibition Punk 1976-1978 held at the British Library London and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens ( 2016-17 ) re-connected with an interest in the attitude, inspirational spirit and freedom of that era within the contemporary context.
In addition to her work as an artist, for over ten years, Libby has regularly posed for her artist friend Sophy Dury for the production of her sculptures and drawings. This joint exhibition at Gallery 286 in 2017 presents her work as both artist and muse.
Libby Lawrie is an artist working primarily with textiles. Her research explores the relationship between colour, structure and the human body, frequently investigating natural forms, architectural forms, and the potentialities of pattern, repetition and scale. She has produced work for the textile design industry, exhibition, home interiors, and the film and television industry. The sensual aspects of drawing, painting and collage have been central to her work throughout, and her current work is produced through a combination of both analogue and digital technologies.
Libby Lawrie graduated in Fashion & Textile Design at the Liverpool College of Art (now part of Liverpool John Moores University) and worked as a textile designer in leading studios in London and Paris producing work for a wide-range of international clients. In the 1980s, she diverted to painting and designing scenery for feature films including Batman (1989) by Tim Burton; as well as painting and designing scenery for photographic work, advertising and pop video for clients including David Bowie, Bryan Ferry and Paul McCartney. She also undertook private commissions for work on home interiors and her work has featured in a number of exhibitions at London galleries. Since 2012 her work has been regularly included in the group shows at Gallery 286 London.
Her concerns as a visual artist also transfer to her fascination with sound and music. She is a guitarist with the Colin Fallows Ensemble – an electric guitar group dedicated to the performance of multi-layered soundworks, dense with microtones which generate numerous overtones through bespoke tuning to resonant performance spaces. Working in collaboration with leading fashion couture company Boudicca, she has performed in special events at the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool and Wilkinson Gallery London (curated by the Whitechapel Gallery London, 2017).
Libby is currently engaged in furthering her visual research and studies and also in collaborating with Liv Gibson and her company Rousso & Blossom. The exhibition, Re-Make / Re-Model: New and Unfinished Textiles marks the start of her further adventures in textile design and wearable artwork.